How To Replace Kitchen Drawers

How To Replace Kitchen Drawers

Are you searching for “How To Replace Kitchen Drawers” because you have a broken drawer in your kitchen? Well, accidents happen and parts of our homes wear out, the drawers in our kitchens are no different. When they break it can be frustrating to lose the storage space and an eyesore having an open gap.

Some “quick-and-dirty” handymen will do things like nail or glue the drawer front back in place and just forget there ever was a drawer, perhaps to make a tee time or get back to watching TV. Learning how to replace kitchen drawers need not be a painful project, let us show you how here.

Measure The Replacement

To get started you will need to know the size of the replacement you need. Get the height, width, and depth of the opening for the replacement drawer.  Take off an inch for your height and width measurements and at minimum of a half inch from the depth which will allow for easy fitting and drawer slides.

Build or Buy a Replacement Drawer Box

Drawer boxes are typically custom built for each kitchen so heading down to the local Walmart to pick up a replacement isn’t an option. To get a replacement that will work you will either need to build a replacement, have a friend do it, or order a drawer box from a professional.

Custom made replacement cabinet drawers can be made in your choice of material, using either dovetail joints or dowel joints, in exactly the size you need.  A replacement drawer box measuring 18” wide by 20” deep by 4” high costs less than $30 dollars from Drawer Connection.

Buying Drawer Slides To Match

The next step is making sure you have drawer slides that match your drawer box depth. You can choose from inexpensive roller slides to ball bearing slides that have soft close and smooth opening features. Most homeowners prefer buying the bottom-mount style drawer slides as they have a piece which wraps around the lower edges of the drawer box and makes for easier installation. There are cases where old hardware from the slides is still intact and can be reused, but many homeowners prefer starting fresh when repairing their cabinet drawers.

Prepping The Work Area

Depending on why the drawer broke, and how quick and dirty the repairs where you might have very little work, or a lot of work to do here. If there is any broken wood or hardware it should be removed and replaced. This can mean any glue that was used as a band-aid to hold the drawer front on the face of the cabinets, or it can mean removing and replacing broken or splintered wood inside your cabinets to have a solid area to secure your new drawer.  For glues you can try heating the adhesive up with a blow dryer or you can simply use a scraper to work the glue off and then sand & repaint the area.

Installing The New Drawer Box

Once your drawer box arrives, you will want to wait to attach the drawer front until the drawer box is installed and sliding back and forth correctly.  It can be a bit tricky to align the drawer front right, using double-sided tape to tack the pieces together saves time and effort. When installing the drawer ensure that the gaps on the top, bottom, and sides are equal. Once you are sure the box is installed right you can use at least 2 screws to secure the drawer front to the drawer box, from the inside of the drawer.